April 30, 2017 Sunday School Commentary
Lesson Guide, The Bible Expository and Illuminator
God’s Preserving Love
Devotional Reading: Matthew 18:1-5, 10-14 Highlighted Text – Johns 10:1-15
Key Verse – “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15)
Do you know the role of a shepherd? Have you ever taken the time out to study their responsibilities? They prepare, provide and protect in a nut shell. Compare that to God’s love. His love is preserving us because He prepared the way, made provisions and gave us protection through Jesus. The Good Shepherd finds pleasure in showing His unconditional love to His sheep. The intimate relationship between the shepherd and the sheep is one to be well noted. The sheep know the shepherd’s voice because of the time they spend with him.
Following: John 10:1-6
Jesus begins this story with the difference between how the shepherd approaches the sheep versus a thief. The shepherd comes in through the front door while the thief sneaks in any way they can get in. The only way the sheep will know the voice of their shepherd, is they have to be taught. Jesus was teaching the people the dangers of following just anybody. There has to be a great trust between the two. The sheep will not follow who they don’t know or don’t trust. Think about that. Do you know the people you say you trust? Do you know the people who you are allowing to lead you?
Point to Ponder: Are you listening to the voice of the Shepherd or the thief?
Entering: John 10:7-10
The only door to God is Jesus. You cannot get to heaven any other way. There will always be false teachers who will try to sneak in and scatter the sheep. The shepherd willingly lays down his life for the sheep while the thief is trying to steal, kill and destroy it. The shepherd understands his calling while the hireling understands what he is going to get paid to watch the sheep. How many hirelings do we have in our churches today? The sheep are malnutrition because the hirelings don’t make provisions.
Point to Ponder: Are you under a shepherd or a hireling?
Trusting: John 10:11-15
The shepherd has compassion on the sheep. He has already counted the cost and is willing to make the necessary sacrifices for the safety of his sheep. The thief is only in it for what he can get out of it. The thief leaves the sheep to fend for themselves and never had a desired to protect them.
Point to Ponder: Is there a thief in your life?
There are many who love the role of a shepherd but are not willing to pay the costs. The thief wants the title of a shepherd without serving as one. Jesus is the only Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for His sheep. He knows each of us by name and He wants us to know His voice but we have to spend time with Him. Do you really know Him or do you know of Him? Don’t allow the enemy to scatter you because you haven’t spent the intimate with Him that you need. The Good Shepherd is waiting for you. Will you meet Him?
Commentary by Chantae Williams
Contributing Writer for
Spirit Realm Divine Manifestation Ministries,
Ambassador Shulanda, Senior Ministry Leader